One of the first challenges I tried (and, sadly, failed) was to complete an entire crossword puzzle. Without cheating. Or ripping it up. Or swearing like my friend Louisa. Did I mention I failed that challenge?
Well, my co-worker and friend Tabitha is my crossword cheerleader and earlier this week, when I arrived at work, I was greeted with a “Good morning” and a gift. She handed me a book of crosswords with a post-it note that read:
I realize that with Tabitha on the sidelines, there is no way I can allow myself to simply abandon ship after one measly attempt at completing a crossword puzzle. For this, I do thank her (sort of).
My goal now is to
suffer through try with all my might to answer a whack of clues within these pages of 100+ crossword puzzles tirelessly until I actually complete one entire puzzle. It may take some zigzagging through many pages – one clue here, two there – but eventually I hope to complete at least one puzzle. WITHOUT CHEATING.
Please note that this will not be easy for me. I love to write, but I also love thesaurus.com equally as much. To reach into my own internal thesaurus usually means I need to reach past some seriously dusty cobwebs inside my head and try to make my way through the cavernous areas dotted with only a few random words and letters. However, if I can stand it long enough to get past that familiar emptiness, I might be surprised by the plethora of information that lies in there like a treasure trove locked up tight in an ancient cave. I know I’ve got it…just have to try hard enough to find it.
Any crossword geeks out there with any advice for me?